The State Lands Restoration and Enhancement category provides funding to two state agencies to help repair damaged plant and animal habitat. These grants focus on resource preservation and protection of public lands. Projects in this category help bring important natural areas and resources back to their original functions by improving the self sustaining and ecological functionality of sites.
The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to complete a second phase of restoration at Damon Point, an extraordinary sand spit peninsula that runs from south of Ocean Shores for several miles towards Westport, in Grays Harbor County. The department’s goal is to restore high quality coastal dune habitat for rare and endangered bird species and a diversity of other species that use the site. The coastal grassland and forb meadows have supported snowy plover and streaked horned lark in the past, but restoration is needed to fully restore the habitat. In addition, the department will designate trails for the public that avoid key habitats and install signs with educational information to prevent intrusion into sensitive areas. The department will contribute $28,000 in a state appropriation and donations of labor.